The spookiest month of the year is over, and once again I got nowhere near completing my Halloween TBR! Last month was a super busy one for me, hence why I haven’t been posting as regular, and so that also meant that I didn’t read as much as I had hoped to.
That said, I did still manage to complete four books this month, two of which were murder mysteries and so were perfect to read in the run up to Halloween. I also discovered another favourite book that I will likely be raving about until next October, as well as a sequel that I had been putting off for a while.
So here are all of the books that I read in October!
My first audiobook of the month, this was one I had been super excited to dive into ever since I loved Forest of a Thousand Lanterns around this time last year. However, unfortunately this sequel definitely didn’t live up to the first book for me, with Jade’s story a lot less interesting than Xifeng’s. I would constantly find my mind wandering off whilst I was listening as I slowly became less and less interested in this long journey that was quite boring to me. I also found Jade to be a much more generic YA protagonist to Xifeng, and so I wasn’t rooting for her as much as I should have been, or just overly invested in her or her companions. The ending did pick up a little and engage me once again, but sadly this was not enough to change my opinion on the rest of this one.
(tw: Violence, Death, Murder, Torture)
My next audiobook fit alot more into the spooky theme of the month, as this story follows two different mysteries set decades apart but with the same exclusive school as the backdrop.
Overall, I did enjoy this fun and quirky murder mystery as we follow Stevie attempting to unwind the many threads of both cases. The characters were a part of the book that was so well done, with all of them super unique and interesting, if sometimes a little too quirky to be believable. Stevie’s anxiety was also so well represented in my opinion, and something I really appreciated in a story that had a completely different focus to this. It wasn’t my favourite, but I did have a really good time whilst reading it, and so I am super excited to see what other secrets come to light in the sequel.
(tw: Violence, Death, Murder, Kidnapping)
Another murder mystery set against a school setting, yet this one is so much darker than Truly Devious. We follow seven friends studying Shakespeare as their on-stage personas begin to leak over into real-life with disastrous consequences that soon leave one of them dead.
This book destroyed me in the best possible way, with its complex storyline and gorgeously written characters, each of whom I cared about and knew in such a personal way by the end of the story. It is so much more than a murder mystery as you quickly dive into the intricies of these character’s personalities and their relationships with each other, all whilst wondering which of them is truly capable of murder and what they are hiding. The way this was written was also spectacular, and I doubt I will stop raving about this beautiful book for a long time to come.
(tw: Violence, Death, Murder, Eating Disorder, Drug Abuse)
The final book I finished in October was this one I read for Black History month, and I can not tell you how glad I am that I finally picked up this super important story. I’ve read other books that focus on race relations and police brutality in America, but for some reason this one hit me a little harder and made me so much angrier than others. As a white woman I have never experienced any of the horrific things Justyce or any of the other characters that are featured in this book face, and so I am grateful to this book for giving me a little bit of that perspective. Justyce himself was such an amazing character who was so smart and ambitious despite facing every single obstacle that could possibly be thrown at him. I loved the variety of different topics this book tackled, and just overall found this to be a real eye-opening and hard story to read. but one that I think so many more people should pick up.
(tw: Violence, Death, Murder, Racism)
This month has mainly been dominated by two shows, the first of which is The Good Place after its final season started back at the end of September. As this show has progressed it has slowly become one of my all time favourites, and so it is currently bittersweet for me to have amazing new episodes to watch whilst also knowing that soon enough it’ll all be over. I have also got back into Peaky Blinders, and although I am still very early into it, I can already tell that this is a series that will keep getting better and better.
Music-wise, the main album I have been loving is K-Flay’s new album, Solutions, with every song constantly on repeat on my phone.
October was the month in which University and lectures properly started for me, and so consequently life has been pretty insane! It was such a shock to the system at first that it definitely took me a few weeks to adjust to, especially after having a year out of full-time education, but fingers crossed I think I’ve finally gotten into the swing of things.
Despite being super busy, I did still manage to make time for some fun this month as well, with an amazing concert at the start of the month and a lot of lovely time spent with friends and family on my visits home.
What books did you read this month – which was your favourite? Are there are books you are planning to read in November? Have you read any of these – what did you think?